Shimmying In Fish

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What causes shaking in fish?
Our molly keeps doing it like she is cold but the temp is fine.
Kinda concerned
What can I do to help her?
 

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Nicole B said:
What causes shaking in fish?
Our molly keeps doing it like she is cold but the temp is fine.
Kinda concerned
What can I do to help her?
any other symptoms?

is she scratching against decorations or substrate? "flashing"

eating? pooing normally?

are your parameters good?

gasping at surface?
 

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Another example of shimmering, is caused when you do a water change, especially with a python, and you get what is called " white water " or excessive bubbles in the water. I have seen this happen with Angels. Just thought I'd share.
 
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Jenoli42 said:
any other symptoms?

is she scratching against decorations or substrate? "flashing"

eating? pooing normally?

are your parameters good?

gasping at surface?
No scratching! We recently upgraded tanks. She used to gasp in the 10 gallon once in awhile. I also think she’s pregnant. Levels are Ammonia .25 nitrite 0 nitrate 0-5

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Another example of shimmering, is caused when you do a water change, especially with a python, and you get what is called " white water " or excessive bubbles in the water. I have seen this happen with Angels. Just thought I'd share.
Our recent change was on Tuesday when we upgraded tanks but never saw her do it until today.

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High nitrates will cause mollies to shimmy.
We really don’t have nitrates at all.
 
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Do you think the .25 ammonia could be the cause?
I think the move really stressed them out. But they were fine until the move and we’ve had .25 ammonia and have always dosed prime. I just noticed both females shaking. Male seems fine.
 

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It's possible. Do you use Prime or a like conditioner that would detox ammonia, until the BB can take care of it?
 
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varmint said:
Hmm, it could be parasites. I would suggest a dose of Prazi-pro if you can get it. It is mild but effective and does not affect BB, shrimps or snails. Hope this helps.
What kind of parasites?

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It's possible. Do you use Prime or a like conditioner that would detox ammonia, until the BB can take care of it?
I do dose prime. So that shouldn’t be the problem.
 

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Nicole B said:
I think the move really stressed them out. But they were fine until the move and we’ve had .25 ammonia and have always dosed prime. I just noticed both females shaking. Male seems fine.
Is there a difference in the water temp?

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What kind of parasites?
Gill or body flukes.
 
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varmint said:
Is there a difference in the water temp?
No 76 in the 10 gallon and it’s 76 in the 20. They are still eating and pooping. Swimming around just constantly shaking. No gasping.
 
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